Recyclable, Environmentally-Friendly HVDC Cable
Prysmian Group, an energy and telecom cable systems company, is launching a new breakthrough cable technology for the development of power transmission grids that will ensure better environmental sustainability, higher electrical performance and lower costs. The Group has successfully developed and tested its new P-Laser 525 kV cable system for high voltage direct current (HVDC) applications. The P-Laser cable is manufactured in a unique environment with lower CO2 emissions and fully recyclable materials. P-Laser technology is fully compatible with existing cable and accessory technologies, provides better electrical performance and a higher material integrity for HVDC in comparison to traditional XLPE-insulated cables.
Eco-efficient Gas Switchgear
ABB has achieved a breakthrough in gas-insulated switchgear technology with AirPlusà¢â€ž-, a new eco-efficient gas mixture alternative to the widely used greenhouse gas sulfur hexafluoride (SF6). The new technology uses a fluoroketone-based gas mixture as the insulation medium for medium- and high-voltage switchgear applications. This is a chemical compound developed for switchgear applications in collaboration with 3M. Global warming potential of the new gas mixture is almost 100 percent lower than that of SF6, without any compromise on equipment quality and reliability. This can result in lowering CO2 equivalent emissions of the GIS by half, through the lifecycle of the equipment-the other half being attributable to raw materials, manufacturing and thermal losses during operation.
Compact Tree Trimmer
Loftness Specialized Equipment has released a new version of its Kwik-Trim compact mechanical tree trimmer for right-of-way maintenance work. Featuring an upgraded chassis and powertrain, the new unit offers more horsepower, increased stability and easier maintenance than the previous model. Equipped with a turbocharged 47.6-horsepower diesel engine, the Kwik-Trim meets tier 4 compliance without requiring diesel exhaust fluid. In addition to producing more power, the updated engine provides superior fuel efficiency. Compared with the previous Kwik-Trim model, the new unit is approximately 800 pounds heavier with an operating footprint that is 7 inches wider and 7 inches longer, helping maximize stability on difficult terrain. Despite the increases in size and weight, the unit is still compact enough to access tight jobsites and light enough to be towed behind a pickup. To further ease road transport, a new hose reel mount eliminates the need for external boom support during transport.
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Rugged Handheld Tablets
Panasonic added two new rugged handheld tablets to its diverse portfolio of enterprise-grade mobile devices-the Toughpad® FZ-F1 and FZ-N1. As the world’s lightest, fully-rugged handheld tablets, these 4.7 inch AndroidTM and Windows devices feature a quad-core Qualcomm® Snapdragonà¢â€ž- processor. The Toughpad FZ-F1 and FZ-N1 feature an ergonomically designed, angled rear barcode reader that allows the user to scan items without bending at the elbow or wrist while also being able to clearly read the screen. This purpose-built feature was designed to improve productivity and reduce the potential for repetitive strain injuries. In addition, the Panasonic device comes with barcode reader activation buttons on either side making it easy for use by left- or right-handed workers. The slim and lightweight Toughpad FZ-F1 and FZ-N1 feature a drop rating of 6 feet and have also passed a torturous tumble test that saw the devices endure 2,000 consecutive 3.3 foot drops.